Employee Ignores Peer Pressure and Reports Safety Concern

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Type:  Best Practice

Publisher:  CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (Richland, WA - Hanford Site), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (CHPRC)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations, Well Drilling, Hazardous Energy Control

An employee performed a safety intervention with a co-worker who crossed a lockout/tagout boundary without complying with the required hazardous energy control process. The co-worker resisted the safety intervention and encouraged the employee to ignore their concern. Disregarding the peer pressure, the employee notified management and a stop work was declared. Doing the "right thing" in the face of opposition is difficult and represents a best practice in safety behavior.

Lesson Learned/Best Practice: Employees who "do the right thing", particularly when confronted by opposition, must be recognized for the concern demonstrated for the safety of their co-workers and to encourage similar behavior within the greater organization.

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